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Redeye is a weekly show broadcast on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO 100.5fm. The show has been on the air for over 35 years, providing high-quality public affairs and arts programming to people looking for a progressive take on current events.

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Apr 21, 2019 Redeye Collective
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While threats to clean water affect us all, Indigenous communities have been on the front lines of defending water from industrial pollution. In BC, this takes the form of resistance to pipelines, fish farming and, most importantly, mining. Nuskmata Matt is a water protector form the Secwepemc and Nuxalk peoples. She discusses the aftermath of the Mount Polley dam collapse and the need for strategies to protect water from mining and other industries on Indigenous land.
Topics: mining, water, protector, Mount, Polley, dam, pollution, tailings, Indigenous, Secwepemc, defender,...
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Apr 20, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Dr. Ulrike Meyer is a family physician in Dawson Creek which lies in a region characterized by the most dramatic increase in fracking operations anywhere in the country. On April 3, Dr. Meyer was in Vancouver as part of the speaking tour Voices from the Sacrifice Zone, organized by CAPE, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. In this talk, she discusses the unusually high incidence of several rare and fatal diseases that she has seen in her practice.
Topics: fracking, Peace, region, northeast, BC, oil, gas, industry, environment, cancer, lung, disease,...
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Apr 17, 2019 Redeye Collective
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From Maple Ridge at one end of the spectrum to New Westminster at the other, city councils are taking radically different approaches to solving the problems facing homeless people and low-income renters. Our City Beat reporter Ian Mass looks at how city councils around the Lower Mainland are tackling the housing file. 
Topics: housing, homelessness, homeless, renters, rental, modular, social, affordable, Vancouver, Maple,...
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Apr 14, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Overdoses have claimed more than 10,000 lives in three years in Canada. Drug users and supporters have organized a National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis on April 16 to demand meaningful change in government policies to end the overdose tragedy. The day of action take place in 21 towns and cities across the country. We speak with David Mendes, organizer with the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis.  https://www.facebook.com/NationalDOA2019/
Topics: overdose, drug, users, policy, fentanyl, deaths, safe, supply, injection, national, day, action,...
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Apr 12, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Yusuf Faquiri s brother Soleiman had schizophrenia. He died in December 2016 in an Ontario prison where he was being held while he waited for a bed at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health. Faquiri’s family have launched a $14 million lawsuit against the province of Ontario and the prison guards who they say are responsible for Soleiman’s death. Yusuf Faquiri was in Vancouver in February as part of a cross-country speaking tour. Here are some excerpts from his talk.
Topics: Soleiman, Faquiri, mental, illness, corrections, Ontario, jail, justice, Yusuf, schizophrenia, death
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Apr 5, 2019 Redeye Collective
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British Columbia was the only Canadian province without a poverty reduction strategy. That changed on March 18 when the BC government unveiled its new poverty reduction plan. Viveca Ellis says the new plan is a strong start but is concerned that it fails to address the needs of those living in deep poverty. Viveca Ellis is the leadership development coordinator with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.
Topics: poverty, reduction, BC, plan, NDP, social, assistance, rates, welfare, child, transportation,...
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On March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza along the boundary fence with Israel on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the Great March of Return. They were also marking Land Day, the annual commemoration of Israel’s lethal suppression of protests against land confiscations in the Galilee in 1976. Yara Hawari is the Palestine Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka. She joins us live from Palestine.
Topics: Palestine, Gaza, Land, Day, protests, Israel, confiscations, occupation, siege, Return, shooting,...
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Mar 31, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Tuition increases have been a major theme of neoliberal governments around the world, so it was a surprise to see the Ontario Tories apparently heading in the opposite direction when they announced a ten percent cut in fees earlier this year. But the devil is in the details, according to Alan Sears. He is an activist who teaches sociology at Ryerson University and author of The Next New Left: A History of the Future.
Topics: Ontario, postsecondary, tuition, fees, university, neoliberal, Ford, student, activism, unions
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Mar 30, 2019 Redeye Collective
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There is a new global elite who control our economic future. In his new book, former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett. We speak with Peter Phillips about the transnational capitalist class.
Topics: elite, capital, capitalism, growth, power, economy, media, global, giants, wealth, transnational,...
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Mar 29, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Lori Snyder is a Metis herbalist and educator of wild, native and medicinal plants. Lori is currently the 'eco-artist in residence' at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre where she caretakes a Medicine Wheel Garden.  Lori offers various workshops on permaculture, medicine making, and garden consulting. In the past two years Lori has teamed up with Farm to School BC* to facilitate Indigenous Foodscapes into school yard gardens to help co-create living legacies for future generations. She joins...
Topics: Indigenous, food, foraging, urban, medicinal, herbalist, plants, gardens, education, schools
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Mar 28, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Following the Christchurch massacre, many Canadians are questioning the commitment of some Canadian politicians to an inclusive, multicultural society. In particular, Jason Kenney of the Alberta United Conservative Party and Andrew Scheer of the federal Conservative Party have been called out for their weak response to the Christchurch killings and the far right in Canada. Bashir Mohamed is an independent journalist based in Edmonton who has been tracking the connections between Kenney, Scheer...
Topics: Christchurch, white, nationalism, supremacy, Kenney, Scheer, Conservatives, Alberta, federal,...
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Mar 27, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Media coverage of the current scandal involving the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and Justin Trudeau has focused primarily on the Prime Minister’s Office. Largely missing from any discussion are the crimes the company is accused of committing as well as the company’s long and influential relationship with Canada’s foreign policy. We speak with Yves Engler, a Montreal-based author and activist. His most recent book is Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada.
Topics: SNC-Lavalin, Trudeau. Wilson-Raybould, corruption, Liberal, foreign, aid, mining, policy, PMO
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Mar 25, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Kathleen Belew says we should understand the Christchurch mosque killings, the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue and the U.S. Coast Guard officer’s plan to assassinate politicians as originating from the same source, the white power movement. Kathleen Belew is an assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago and author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. 
Topics: Islam, Jewish, white, supremacy, power, nationalism, racism, terror, Christchurch, mosque,...
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Mar 23, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The Last Suffragist Standing is a new biography by Veronica Strong-Boag. The book chronicles Laura Marshall Jamieson’s life from her childhood on a subsistence farm in Ontario to her election as an MLA for the CCF in Victoria and her stint on Vancouver City Council at the age of 65. Veronica Strong-Boag is a feminist historian and professor of history and gender studies at the University of Victoria.
Topics: suffragist, feminism, pacifism, CCF, justice, education, housing, municipal, gender, studies,...
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Mar 22, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Vancouverism describes the practice of designing higher, thinner towers to provide so-called "view corridors" while still accommodating as large a population as possible. Our City Beat reported Ian Mass attended an urban forum about Vancouverism and he joins us to share what he learned.
Topics: architecture, Erikson, Vancouver, Vancouverism, urban, planning, inequality, zoning, cities,...
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Mar 20, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Acclaimed author Joy Kogawa collaborated with the Toronto tech studio Jam 3 and the NFB to tell the story of the Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II.  East of the Rockies is an augmented reality experience told from the perspective of 17-year-old Yuki.  Kogawa’s grandchild, Anne Canute, was creative consultant on the project and voiced the narrative in the interactive. Anne Canute joins us in studio to talk about East of the Rockies.
Topics: Japanese, Canadian, internment, Rockies, NFB, interactive, Kogawa, WWII, augmented, reality, Obasan
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Mar 18, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Starting in 2002, BC Hydro bought too much of the wrong kind of energy, paid too much for it and did this at the behest of the provincial government.  John Calvert is the author of Liquid Gold, a book analyzing the BC Liberals’ private power agenda. He joins us in the episode to talk about the problems this policy has caused for BC Hydro and what it will mean for our electricity bills.
Topics: BC, Hydro, power, energy, privatization, private, policy, Liberals, resources, wind, renewable,...
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Mar 15, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Canada has a universal medicare system, but there is a big gap when it comes to ensuring people can afford the medication they need. Currently, one in four households can’t afford their prescription drugs. The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare has just issued an interim report to the federal government. Melanie Benard is with the Canadian Health Coalition. We asked her for her reaction to the report.
Topics: medicare, pharmacare, council, drug, prescription, formulary, medication, national, health,...
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Mar 14, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The City of Vancouver’s Rental 100 program offers substantial financial rewards for developers who build affordable rental housing. The problem is, the City’s definition of affordable puts the apartments out of the reach of anyone earning less than $80,000 a year. Sara Sagaii is with the Vancouver Tenants Union. She joins us to discuss the Rental 100 program and the measures needed to ensure real affordability.
Topics: housing, homelessness, affordability, renovictions, tenants, apartments, developers, rental,...
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Mar 12, 2019 Redeye Collective
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In the 1980s and 90s, cannabis compassion clubs provided marijuana to patients who used in for medical reasons. A recent report by the BC Centre for Substance Use recommends that the same model could be used to provide drug users with an untainted supply of heroin in a safe, medically-supervised environment. We talk with Laura Shaver, board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and a current heroin user.
Topics: overdose, fentanyl, heroin, drug, users, methadone, compassion, clubs, crisis, Vancouver, illicit
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Mar 10, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Nathan Edelson has been a community planner for almost 50 years, much of it in Vancouver. In this episode, he talks with our City Beat reporter Ian Mass about the future of community planning in Vancouver, including how best to intervene where the fractures and fault lines present themselves. Nathan also reflects on how best to activate neighbourhood residents and business people to build public support for progressive policymaking.
Topics: community, planning, city, neighbourhoods, modular, housing, Vancouver, Chinatown, Strathcona
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Mar 9, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Large demonstrations have rocked several cities in Haiti over the past few weeks as citizens rise up against the government of Jovenal Moïse. The final straw was Moïse’s vote denouncing Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro at the Organization of American States recently. Kim Ives is editor of Haïti Liberté and he speaks with us from New York.
Topics: Haiti, Venezuela, OAS, US, coup, PetroCaribe, oil, Chavez, corruption, Moïse, Clintons, Maduro
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Hogan's Alley in Vancouver’s East End was home to much of the city’s Black community before it was demolished to make way for the Georgia Viaduct in the 1960s. More than 50 modular homes have been constructed on the land where Hogan’s Alley once stood to house predominantly Black and Indigenous people. Lama Mugabo is a member of the Hogan’s Alley Society. He talks about the housing project, the history of the neighbourhood and the systemic racism Black people faced then and now.
Topics: modular, housing, homeless, Black, Indigenous, community, Hogan’s, Alley, Strathcona, racism,...
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Mar 4, 2019 Redeye Collective
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A new documentary has its premiere this week in Vancouver. The Shadow of Gold reveals the impact of gold mining and the gold trade on our economy, environment and conflicts. We speak with Canadian producer and director Robert Lang about the effects of our obsession with this talisman of wealth and power on people from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Amazon and China.
Topics: Shadow, gold, documentary, DRC, conflict, mining, environment, mercury, tailings, mining, China,...
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Mar 3, 2019 Redeye Collective
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In Dec 2018, intense lobbying succeeded in getting the US Senate to declare that US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen was illegal, ushered in a fragile ceasefire. However, 16 million Yemenis are still on the brink of famine. Next week, the newly-elected US Senate will vote once again on the War Powers Resolution. We speak with Hassan El-Tayyab of Just Foreign Policy about the situation in Yemen and the importance of this second vote on the resolution.
Topics: War, Powers, Yemen, famine, resolution, Saudi, Arabia, military, United, States, US, Congress
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Mar 3, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Christi Belcourt, Erin Konsmo and Isaac Murdoch formed the Onaman Collective in 2014 to help Indigenous communities, particularly youth, reclaim the richness and vibrancy of their heritage including traditional arts, with a contemporary spin. They are currently building an Ojibway language and art camp where youth can connect with elders to work towards producing the next generation of fluent speakers on the land. We talk with Christi Belcourt.
Topics: Onaman, Ojibway, Indigenous, land, art, collective, Ontario, youth, elders, language
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Feb 28, 2019 Redeye Collective
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A new, more generous child benefit for children under 18, investments in infrastructure, training and foster care but more ambitious action is still needed to help lift people out of poverty, provide housing and address the opioid crisis. We invited Iglika Ivanova back to take a look at what’s in the recent BC budget.
Topics: budget, housing, homelessness, opioid, deaths, training, education, child, benefit, poverty,...
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Feb 27, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Patrick Condon argues that the proposed UBC extension to the Broadway subway line will blow the Lower Mainland’s transportation budget and fuel massive land speculation both on the university campus and all along the subway route. Patrick Condon is a former city planner and professor at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Topics: housing, condo, development, UBC, Skytrain, transportation, Vancouver, transit, affordable, SNC,...
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Feb 25, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The provincial government released its annual budget on Feb 19, with many implications for Lower Mainland municipalities. City Beat reporter Ian Mass brings us an overview of the potential effects for Metro Vancouver governments. 
Topics: housing, renters, homelessness, affordable, modular, development, budget, tax, transportation,...
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Feb 25, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The BC government is spending $900 million on its CleanBC plan while continuing to push ahead with a major LNG project in Kitimat which relies on fracked gas from northeast BC. Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committee says that BC Budget 2019 simply isn’t taking the environmental crisis seriously enough.
Topics: budget, forestry, environment, crisis, fracked, gas, LNG, fires, climate, emissions, CleanBC,...
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Feb 24, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The use of secret police and informers to undermine and disrupt activism has a long history. This new book reflects on the surveillance, harassment and infiltration directed against individuals and organisations labelled as ‘threats to national security’. We speak with Aziz Choudry, editor of the book.
Topics: surveillance, activism, police, informers, secret, national, security, infiltration, repression
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Feb 18, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Transit, housing, the overdose crisis and more - our City Beat reporter Ian Mass takes a close look at what the mayor and council have accomplished 100 days after the election in both Burnaby and Vancouver. 
Topics: transit, Skytrain, housing, homelessness, municipal, City, Beat, renters, climate, overdose,...
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Feb 17, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Anti-poverty activists are looking for substantial new investments in BC Budget 2019 to ensure the success of BC’s first ever poverty reduction strategy, in the works for later this spring.  We speak with economist Iglika Ivanova from the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She has identified five ways Tuesday’s budget could pave the way for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.
Topics: poverty, reduction, social, assistance, budget, 2019, British, Columbia, housing, homelessness,...
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Feb 15, 2019 Redeye Collective
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While the gilet jaunes movement in France is fighting income inequality, and the high cost of living for the working class, protestors wearing yellow vests in Canada are more likely to espouse white supremacy and attack Canada’s immigration policy. Chuck Tanner is with the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. We speak with him from Washington State.
Topics: Three, Percenters, white, supremacists, yellow, vests, Canada, right, nationalists, racism, protests
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Feb 14, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Crackdown is a new podcast that launched at the end of January. Its mission is to bring the perspectives of drug users to the discussion about how to end the overdose crisis that has claimed thousands of lives. Activist and musician Garth Mullins is host and executive producer of Crackdown.
Topics: drugs, overdose, crisis, fentanyl, methadone, heroin, war, policy, users, science, podcast
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Feb 12, 2019 Redeye Collective
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On February 4, New Westminster city council passed a bylaw that will fine landlords who remove tenants from a building to renovate it only to significantly increase the rent on the suite once the renovations are complete. The bylaw is the first of its kind in British Columbia and a victory in the fight to preserve older rental buildings in the municipality. David Hendry is an organizer with the New Westminster Tenants Union. He tells us more about the new regulations.
Topics: tenants, New, Westminster, renovictions, rentals, housing, homelessness, renovations, residents,...
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Feb 11, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Feb 9 was the deadline for the Canadian government to respond to a UN Human Rights Committee ruling that Canada violated the rights of undocumented migrant Nell Toussaint by denying her essential health care. To mark Canada’s continued policy of denying health care based on status, migrant health care activists have organized a day of action on Tuesday, February 12. We speak with Omar Chu, a member of the Vancouver-based group, Sanctuary Health.
Topics: migrants, healthcare, equity, human, rights, Canada, UNHRC, status, undocumented, immigration
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Feb 9, 2019 Redeye Collective
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A new book brings together the voices of sex workers, activists and researchers to explore sex work laws, policy and rights in Canada. The book asks readers to question both personal and legislative assumptions about this industry. Tamara O’Doherty is a criminology lecturer at Simon Fraser University, activist and contributing author to Red Light Labour.
Topics: sex, work, industry, trafficking, legislation, sexual, services, decriminalization
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Feb 8, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The third of three podcasts featuring speakers recorded at an event to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of six men at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City on January 29, 2017. Kashif Ahmed serves as the chair of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. He is a Vancouver-based lawyer who has a decade of experience in public and legislative advocacy and defending civil liberties. Kashif Ahmed speaks about the men who died in Quebec City and the rise of hate crimes in...
Topics: Islamophobia, Muslims, Quebec, shooting, mosque, discrimination, racism, gender, racism, hate,...
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Feb 8, 2019 Redeye Collective
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In 1884, the Canadian government banned the Haida potlatch. But Haida elders kept the knowledge of the ceremony alive until the ban was lifted. In 1969, a potlatch was held to honour the raising of the first totem pole in 80 years, carved by Robert Davidson. Sara Florence Davidson co-wrote Potlatch as Pedagogy with her father to show how Haida traditions can be brought into present-day classrooms. She joins us in our studio to talk about the process of writing the book – and tells the story...
Topics: potlatch, Haida, pedagogy, education, ceremony, Davidson, carver, totem, Indigenous, art, culture
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Feb 6, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The second of a series of three talks on Islamophobia, recorded January 28 2019, at an event to commemorate the massacre of six Muslim men at a Quebec City mosque two years ago. The second speaker is Itrath Sayed, a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University. Itrath Sayed is a long-time community activist who has engaged issues of gender equality and Islamophobia both within and outside the Muslim community.
Topics: Islamophobia, Muslims, Quebec, shooting, mosque, discrimination, racism, gender, racism
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The Islamophobia Hotline was set up in 2016 to provide free confidential legal assistance to people who are discriminated against for being Muslim or perceived to be Muslim. Hotline organizers brought together a community panel to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of six men at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City on January 29, 2017. Hasan Alam is one of the founders of the Islamophobia Hotline and moderator for the evening.
Topics: Islamophobia, Muslims, Quebec, shooting, mosque, hotline, discrimination, racism, legal, assistance
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Feb 4, 2019 Redeye Collective
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This week the US announced that it would freeze Venezuelan assets and block payments for Venezuelan oil imports. The loss of the US market is a major blow to Venezuela’s oil income. These sanctions are just the latest in a long line of penalties imposed on Venezuela in order to destabilize the government. Joe Emersberger is a writer for Znet who has been following the situation in Venezuela closely.
Topics: Venezuela, Maduro, Guaidó, US, sanctions, Trump, oil, coup, Latin, America, Chavez, intervention
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Jan 28, 2019 Redeye Collective
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A group of teenagers in the Lower Mainland went along to Vancouver City Hall in the middle of January to support a motion to declare a climate emergency. Rebecca Hamilton is with the climate action group Sustainabiliteens. She is one of a growing number of high school students in Canada who go on strike from school once a month. She talks with us about how Greta Thunberg’s actions inspired her and what she hopes her actions will achieve.
Topics: Greta, Thunberg, climate, emergency, school, strike, change, environment, global, warming
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Jan 24, 2019 Redeye Collective
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In 2015, over 70 news articles were published in both corporate and public media about the nature of Enbridge Inc’s funding partnership with the University of Calgary.  UBC graduate student Kevin McCartney and UVic sociology prof Garry Gray produced this analysis as part of the Corporate Mapping Project, which investigates corporate power within the fossil fuel industry. Their paper, Big Oil U, has just been published in the Canadian Journal of Sociology. 
Topics: Enbridge, University, Calgary, Elizabeth, Cannon, sociology, corporate, media, corruption, oil,...
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Jan 24, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Community health centres use an interdisciplinary, team-based approach to provide health-related services that allow patients to access care from a range of medical professionals. These centres are particularly successful at addressing the causes of illness upstream. Last November, the BC NDP made a commitment to fully-fund 20 new community health centres in BC. So far, that funding has not come on stream. Colleen Fuller is on the board of the BC Association of Community Health Centres.
Topics: community, health, centres, REACH, healthcare, doctors, medical, fee-for-service, BC, Canada
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On January 7, the RCMP forcibly broke up a checkpoint on the road leading to the Unist’ot’en camp near Houston following an injunction sought by Coastal GasLink. The camp and the checkpoint had been set up to protect the territory from further oil and gas development. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which has been supported by both the provincial and federal government, has several articles that support the actions of the hereditary chiefs on their territories. We...
Topics: RCMP, Unist’ot’en, checkpoint, Wet’suwet’en, oil, gas, development, roadblock, UNDRIP,...
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Two years ago, a group of activists blocked a chartered flight from leaving Stansted airport near London. On the flight were 60 people being deported to Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Last month, the Stansted 15, as they are known, were found guilty of endangering the safety of an aerodrome, a verdict that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. We speak with Mel Evans, one of the Stansted 15.
Topics: deportation, human, rights, Stansted, 15, gay, lesbians, UK, immigrants, migrants, refugees,...
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Jan 19, 2019 Redeye Collective
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In December, the theatre group BP or Not BP hosted a tour of the British Museum to highlight the appropriation of cultural artifacts from around the world, and to draw attention to the oil company BP and its sponsorship of the museum. We speak with Julia and Bo, two members of the group.
Topics: appropriation, culture, cultural, artifacts, Australia, Iraq, Assyria, sponsorship, BP, British,...
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Jan 17, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The yellow vest protests began last November following yet another rise in the tax on gasoline. But they have continued for more than two months in response to President Macron’s austerity measures that include an attack on the French health care system and a disconnect between Paris and the rest of the country. Diana Johnstone is a Paris-based author and a regular contributor to Counterpunch.
Topics: Paris, yellow, vests, France, Macron, austerity, police, demonstrations, healthcare, government,...
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Jan 14, 2019 Redeye Collective
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The lack of accessible and affordable transportation makes it harder for low-income adults to find and keep jobs, get to medical appointments and stay connected with friends. It also puts an unnecessary burden on families, who have to pay for children and youth to use transit. Jean Swanson’s motion for a low-income transit rate. This is one of the topics Ian Mass talks about in this episode of City Beat, our regular report on municipal affairs.
Topics: transit, transportation, low-income, children, youth, poverty, climate, emergency, change, clothing
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Jan 12, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Since becoming leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has been under almost constant attack by the media. After coming close to winning the general election in 2017, Corbyn and the Labour Party have been under renewed attack over charges of anti-Semitism. We speak with Justin Schlosberg, senior lecturer in journalism and media at the University of London and co-author of a new report, Labour, Anti-Semitism and the News: A Disinformation Paradigm.
Topics: anti-Semitism, Labour, Corbyn, media, analysis, definition, racism, attack, journalism, press,...
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Jan 9, 2019 Redeye Collective
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About 90 homeless people set up the Anita Place tent city in May 2017. The camp has been running for nearly two years despite fierce opposition from the council and residents of Maple Ridge, a city in the northeast section of Greater Vancouver. Now the city is going to court to seek an order to dismantle wooden structures on the grounds that they violate fire safety regulations. Ivan Drury is with the Alliance Against Displacement and a long-time supporter of Anita Place tent city.
Topics: homelessness, housing, tent, city, Maple, Ridge, Anita, Place, injunctions, fire, safety, poverty,...
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Jan 7, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Vancouver renters celebrated a major victory on December 4 when key parts of a motion to protect tenants from renovictions passed unanimously at city council. Derrick O’Keefe joins us to discuss the overall picture for renters in Vancouver and other municipalities following the recent recommendations of the BC Rental Housing Task Force. Derrick O’Keefe ran for COPE along with Pat Roberts and Jean Swanson in the recent municipal election. Jean Swanson was elected and brought the renoviction...
Topics: housing, tenants, renovictions, vacancy, control, rent, Vancouver, tenancy, residential, branch
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Jan 2, 2019 Redeye Collective
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Mark Jacobson is professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University. The focus of his research is how to transition our homes, businesses and cities to 100% clean renewable energy. Mark Jacobson was in Vancouver this past fall to give the 2018 Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture. In this podcast, we present some excerpts from his talk. 
Topics: environment, energy, renewables, clean, transition, infrastructure, housing, power, atmosphere,...
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Yves Engler challenges us to look at why so many Canadians believe that Canada’s contribution to international affairs is overwhelmingly positive. He tackles the nationalism of traditional Left parties like the NDP and the CCF, and asks why Canadian unions largely ignore international affairs. Yves Engler’s new book is titled Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada. 
Topics: Canada, imperialism, colonialism, left-wing, NDP, Haiti, Palestine, nationalism, politics, labour,...
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Dec 31, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Desmond Cole is an activist and journalist based in Toronto. In a feature article for Toronto Life magazine several years ago, he shared his experiencing of carding, saying he’s been stopped by police over 50 times. Last month, he was in Vancouver to speak at the annual fundraising gala of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Less than 24 hours after he arrived in Vancouver, he was carded by Vancouver police. In his keynote address at the gala, Desmond Cole talks about the connection...
Topics: carding, police, policing, white, supremacy, systemic, racism, BLM, CCPA, street, checks, policy,...
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Dec 31, 2018 Redeye Collective
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In November, the Bank of Canada introduced a new $10 bill featuring the image of Viola Desmond. Viola Desmond has often been compared to Rosa Parks, the U.S. civil rights activist. But Viola Desmond’s act of defiance in a New Glasgow movie theatre in 1946 is just one aspect of a remarkable life as a businesswoman in Nova Scotia. Wanda Robson is Viola Desmond’s sister; Graham Reynolds is professor emeritus and the Viola Desmond Chair in Social Justice at Cape Breton University. Together,...
Topics: civil, rights, racism, Blacks, Nova, Scotia, Viola, Desmond, $10, bill, discrimination, business,...
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Dec 26, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Dr. Michael Klein played a vital role in placing maternity care at the heart of family medicine. He advocated for family-friendly birth practices, the re-introduction of midwifery and the elimination of routine intrusive interventions like episiotomy. These professional themes are central to Dr. Klein’s first book, but Dissident Doctor is also a personal memoir of a man who was born to left-wing parents in the McCarthy era, moved to Canada during the Vietnam War, and cared for his wife,...
Topics: maternity, care, dissident, doctor, family, medicine, midwifery, McCarthy, Vietnam, feminism,...
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Dec 26, 2018 Redeye Collective
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In mid-December, hearings wrapped up for a mine that is not only bigger than any other tar sands project, but also uses the older of two possible extraction technologies. The Joint Review Panel is expected to approve the mine in the upcoming months. However, Bronwen Tucker of the Council of Canadians thinks there is still hope to stop the project. She explains why.
Topics: mining, tar, sands, Teck, Resources, Alberta, just, transition, emissions, climate, change,...
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Dec 20, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Earlier this year, Canada committed to creating an ombudsperson for responsible enterprise. Eleven months later, communities affected by the harms of Canadian mining, particularly in Guatemala and Papua New Guinea, are asking where the new ombudsperson is. So far, no-one has been appointed. We speak with Catherine Coumins, research coordinator and Asia-Pacific program coordinator at MiningWatch Canada.
Topics: mining, Canadian, companies, ombudsperson, responsible, enterprise, Guatemala, Papua, New, Guinea,...
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Dec 19, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Two weeks ago, the First Nations Leadership Council and the BC government announced they will develop new legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Just two days earlier, a ground-breaking new report was released that spells out what implementation of the UN declaration could look like in BC. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives spent a year and a half on the report, titled True, Lasting Reconciliation. We speak...
Topics: reconciliation, Indigenous, rights, First, Nations, policy, legislation, British, Columbia, UN,...
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Dec 16, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is going ahead with plans to build to add a second major container terminal on Roberts Bank, threatening one of the most important ecosystems on the Pacific coast. Roger Emsley says there is no justification for a new terminal of this size in the Lower Mainland. Roger Emsley is executive director of Against Port Expansion and a member of the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee.
Topics: port, expansion, authority, terminal, Vancouver, migratory, birds, environment, salmon, orcas, Delta
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Dec 11, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Metro Vancouver city councils are setting their agendas for the next four years. Our City Beat reporter, Ian Mass, brings us details about a poverty reduction plan coming before Vancouver City Council, Jean Swanson’s motion to protect tenants from renovictions and other issues being debated in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. 
Topics: municipal, politics, City, Beat, Vancouver, rentals, tenants, zoning, renovictions, poverty, Burnaby
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Dec 11, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Last week, the British Columbia government unveiled its Clean BC plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It proposes moving to cleaner cars and cleaner buildings, there are incentives for industry to move to cleaner operations, but LNG remains in place and forest management plans take no account of climate impacts of old-growth logging and fires. For his assessment of the plan, we speak with Jens Wieting, senior forests and climate campaigner with Sierra Club BC.
Topics: forests, climate, change, LNG, BC, clean, energy, greenhouse, gas, emissions, global, warming
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Dec 10, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led an attack on Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 14 million people have been pushed to the brink of famine as a result of the war. Saudi Arabia has been able to lead this attack largely because of U.S. support. But things are changing. We speak with Jehan Hakim of the Yemeni Alliance Committee about the significance of two bills before the House and the Senate.
Topics: Yemen, Saudi, Arabia, US, war, crimes, famine, humanitarian, crisis, Senate, House
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Dec 9, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Agriculture Canada recently launched consultations on a model that would make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal.  The proposed royalty scheme would force farmers to pay millions of dollars to seed companies every year and make the ancient practice of freely saving and reusing seed illegal. We speak with Ian Robson, Manitoba regional coordinator for the National Farmers Union.
Topics: seeds, royalties, Monsanto, GMO, farmers, agriculture, food, security, NFU
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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has been producing an alternative federal budget for more than two decades. This year, the budget outlines priorities that focus on climate change, inequality, underfunded public services and progressive taxation. We talk with David Macdonald, a senior economist with the CCPA in Ottawa.
Topics: alternative, federal. budget, economics, taxation, climate, change, inequality, public, services
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Dec 6, 2018 Redeye Collective
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After a months-long campaign involving 238 candidate cities, Amazon has announced that it will be opening two new headquarters in New York and Virginia. The company was offered more than $3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives to close the deal. We talk with Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, an organization which promotes government accountability in economic development.
Topics: Amazon, tax, breaks, incentives, local, government, economic, development, jobs, subsidies
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Dec 4, 2018 Redeye Collective
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This month, West Coast LEAF and the YWCA published a report that centered the voices of survivors of sexual assault, talking about their experiences of the barriers to reporting what happened to them. Alana Prochuk is a co-author of the report and manager of public legal education at West Coast LEAF.
Topics: #MeToo, sexual, assault, survivors, police, crime, Indigenous, women
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Nov 27, 2018 Redeye Collective
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A university teaching position was once one of the most secure jobs in the country. But now faculty appointments in Canada have entered the realm of precarious labour. Last year, contract jobs in the sector accounted for the majority of all university faculty appointments. Erika Shaker is a senior education researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and one of the authors of a new report, Contract U. 
Topics: precarity, labour, contract, universities, faculty, tenure, Canada, teaching, work
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Nov 22, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Every year for the past 6 years, Raise the Rates has issued the Welfare Food Challenge. This year, the organization realized that they couldn’t run the challenge again because the current welfare rate leaves only $6 a week for food – and that’s not possible to live on. Kell Gerlings says what’s needed now is for people of all income levels to demand the B.C. government do something about the depth of poverty that people are social assistance are experiencing.  
Topics: poverty, welfare, social, assistance, food, banks, rates, challenge, housing, rent, income, gap
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Nov 19, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Vancouver’s new mayor and city council met for the first time this past week and they all came ready to advance their campaign promises. It was a very busy week with three full days of meetings, ten motions from individual councillors, and 140 speakers registered to speak. In City Beat, Redeye collective member Ian Mass fills us in on what happened.
Topics: City, Beat, Vancouver, municipal, politics, mayor, council, politics, renters
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Nov 17, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Material Witness is a play about violence and healing, co-produced by New York-based Spiderwoman Theatre and Aanmitaagzi, an Indigenous arts company from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. We speak with Sid Bobb, assistant director of Material Witness.
Topics: Indigenous, theatre, women, violence, healing, Spiderwoman, arts, Nipissing
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Nov 16, 2018 Redeye Collective
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Journalist Gloria Dickie requested field access to Parks Canada scientists while working on a feature article about grizzly bears, and was surprised to have her request turned down. When she asked other journalists, they reported similar challenges in accessing information from Parks Canada employees. Gloria Dickie’s article, Parks in the Dark, appeared in The Narwhal in September.
Topics: Parks, Canada, scientists, freedom, information, public, gag, Trudeau, FOI